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Demolition Specialist of the Year – Finalists

This year’s finalists are made up of firms who have excelled in recycling, carbon reduction and staff development.

Specialists Awards 2018 Demolition Cantillon Demolition

Specialists Awards 2018 Demolition Cantillon Demolition

Cantillon Demolition

Cantillon has experienced sustained growth during the past three years with turnover doubling over the period, and 2017 saw the company break the £40m mark for the first time in its 50 years of business.

The firm also secured its first contract worth more than £20m as it was appointed on the Ilona Rose commercial scheme. Cantillion’s involvement in the project includes the demolition, piling and basement aspects of the job, which is being delivered on behalf of Soho Estates in London’s West End.

Specialists Awards 2018 Demolition DSM Demolition 2

Specialists Awards 2018 Demolition DSM Demolition 2

DSM Demolition

DSM led the way on the demolition of Tottenham Hotspur’s White Hart Lane ground. This involved the excavation and removal of more than 40,000 cu m of sub soil, the installation of 27,000 cu m of reinforced piling mat, the processing and crushing of more than 55,000 tonnes of concrete and brick, and the removal of two colossal roof trusses. This task was completed within 14 weeks and included the removal of the foundations supporting the stadium structure. 

Other notable projects during the year included taking down London’s six-storey Network House surrounded by live roads, and a large-scale development at St James Retail Park in Edinburgh.

Specialists Awards 2018 Demolition Erith Contractors

Specialists Awards 2018 Demolition Erith Contractors

Erith Contractors

Erith Contractors posted turnover of £149m in its latest results and has been involved in some major projects over the past year. The firm demolished 12 properties at Hanover Square to make way for the new Crossrail ticket hall, while retaining eight of the historical facades.

Erith also demolished Marble Arch Tower in London’s Oxford Street to make way for a £400m development, and secured its first major international contract with the Cruiserath Transformation Project in Ireland. In September, the company completed 150,000 worker-hours without incident and says it has maintained an average recycling rate of 98 per cent. 

Specialists Awards 2018 Demolition Hughes and Salvidge

Specialists Awards 2018 Demolition Hughes and Salvidge

Hughes and Salvidge

Hughes and Salvidge has been in demolition for more than 50 years and last year saw revenue in its airports division increase 50 per cent, the majority of which came from Heathrow and Manchester airports.

The firm has had strong demand in its traditional operations, winning a £7m project in Middlesbrough for SABIC UK Petrochemicals shortly after completing a £4m job at the Ford factory in Southampton. The company doubled the size of its estimating team to 188 to cope with the volume of tenders coming through its door, and recorded an annual turnover of £22m.

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Specialists Awards 2018 Demolition O Keefe Demolition

Specialists Awards 2018 Demolition O Keefe Demolition

O’Keefe Demolition

Part of the O’Keefe Group, O’Keefe Demolition has only been in business for three years but has grown into an £8m company that has recorded zero health and safety incidents since its formation. In 2017 the company worked on projects at Camden Lock for Mace and Thames Barrier for Willmott Dixon, both in London.

O’Keefe has made the retention of staff a key focus area, ensuring its employees receive in-house and CPD training, and has encouraged senior management to adopt a mentoring approach that has seen many former apprentices move quickly up through the ranks.

Specialists Awards 2018 Demolition R Collard

Specialists Awards 2018 Demolition R Collard

R Collard

R Collard has taken some impressive forward strides in its recycling and the reduction of its carbon footprint. The company introduced new mobile metal processing plant at the demolition of a Unilever site in Slough, allowing it to process 3,000 tonnes of ferrous wastes on site ready for transport directly to destination – eliminating 500 vehicle journeys and reducing carbon emissions by 54 tonnes.

Its efforts ensured the recovery and recycling rate from R Collard’s 10 largest demolition projects was 99.4 per cent. Annual turnover for the year was £27.8m, with 72 per cent of its top 50 projects coming from either repeat business or referrals. 

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